Cougar News

Week of 10/09/17 - 10/13/17

Small Middle School Calendar

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Letter from Principal Nelson


This week we had an amazing and spirited Homecoming Week which will be capped off with our first dance of the year. We began the week with a bang as all 1,231 students and staff attended a Pep Rally on Monday. Our kids got to celebrate our student athletes (the key word is student) while soaking in the soothing sounds of our choir, listening to our band perform a cartoon medley, and by enjoying our cheer and dance teams strut their stuff. We love it when our entire campus gets to see the evidence of all the hard work these performers put forth towards their craft and are grateful for the teachers and sponsors who work so closely with them so they may do so. These events are akin to exams for our performers, and we are happy to report they all “aced” it. As did our audience; we had respectful, polite, participation throughout.

Student ID Cards: This Thursday we will be passing out student ID cards to all students. They can use these handy-dandy cards to check out library books, purchase a school lunch, or even receive discounts at participating shops and/or restaurants. We will also be selling lanyards in the Cougar Cage to ensure they do not lose them.

3 day weekend: Don’t forget Monday is a holiday for students and a work day here at school for us teachers. We will be busy planning and prepping so we can continue to provide your student the best middle school education in all of Texas.

As per usual, thanks for allowing us to work with your student. Their success is our success, and you are one of the main reasons we are so successful.

Matthew Nelson


Small Middle School

(512) 841-6505


Carta del Sr. Nelson en español

Una traducción de la carta del Sr. Nelson será publicada aquí dentro de 24 horas.

Fall Plant Sale

Saturday, Oct. 7th, 9am-1pm

4801 Monterey Oaks Boulevard

Austin, TX

Our Green Academy is hosting a Plant Sale from 9AM-1PM or late by request

Native and Adapted Plant, Vegetables and Herbs

As Low as $3 per plant , $3-4 inch pot, $7-1 gallon pot

Student Lead tours around the school to visit our native gardens, chicken

Coop, solar panel, vegetable gardens, green house, rain catchment, turtle pond

To volunteer at this earthy event, click here.

Author Visit

Thursday October 19th at 2:15 PM

  • Kat Yeh author of The Truth About Twinkie Pie and The Way to Bea
  • Wade Albert White author of The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes and The Adventurer's Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me)
Three 7th period classes will be attending the visit in the library and there are a limited number of individual passes available. Please see Ms. Sylvia in the library if you would like to attend! Parents are welcome to attend as well, just check in at the front office.

Book People is selling copies of both authors books that will be signed and personalized to you by the author! Print your order form or see Ms. Sylvia in the library for a copy.
Order forms due to Ms. Sylvia by Wednesday, October 18th.

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7th grade students who are already identified in the GT program will receive information regarding signing up for the DukeTIP 7th Grade Talent Search SAT. Students NOT already identified in the GT program who would like to register to take the test must have scored greater than an 1878 in Math AND greater than 1781 in Reading on their 6th grade STAAR tests to qualify. The DukeTIP program is entirely privately-run and is not funded by AISD. Parents wishing to have their students take the DukeTIP 7th Grade Talent Search SAT can click here to register for the test.

Gifted and Talented

Parent Nomination of Students to GT Program

Parent Nomination of students for the Gifted and Talented program is from Nov 1- Nov 15. A link will be posted here to complete a Parent Survey and permission to test on Nov 1 and will remain active through Nov 15. This year, only one window is open for GT testing. Students who are already identified in the G/T program do not need to re-enroll.

Save the Date!

Small PTA Meeting and Coffee with a cop!

Join us on October 11th at 8:30 to 9:30 am general PTA meeting followed by a Coffee talk with our SRO (School Resource Officer), Ofc. Mike Zardiackas.

  • Officer Zardiackas gives a short PowerPoint Presentation titled, "Role of an SRO".

  • Discuss some general observations from his 10+ years of experience regarding concerns brought up by parents.

  • Open Q & A to give parents an opportunity to discuss any concerns or ask any questions that may arise, and discuss future opportunities.

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Click here for more details

Learn more about the Youth Cam PSA Contest

Cougar Online

There are now 6 Stories written and produced by the students! Check out their hard work!

Sheep at Small Middle School?

One of our 8th grade students thinks so and is putting together a capstone project to make it happen. Check out her GoFundMe page to learn more and donate to her project.

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2017-2018 Yearbooks On Sale Now!

You can order your yearbook online anytime. Click here